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Bitcoin price managed to breach $8,500 again Sunday

Bitcoin closed below key technical levels on Thursday indicating a bearish trend but the consequent sell off bottomed out at $7,925 on Friday to be followed by a rally over the weekend boosting the price over $500 dollars.

Pulverised Yarmuk testimony to bitter 'battle of Damascus'

Midan - The road leading into southern districts of Damascus was lined by endless mounds of smashed concrete and rubble, monuments to the cost of the Syrian army's battle for the capital.

Bitcoin mining — How much energy is really consumed?

It takes a lot of electricity to mine bitcoins, and as more miners try to cash in on the crypto craze, the amount of energy required to win new coins increases, according to new research published last week.

Harry and Meghan thank royal wedding guests

London - Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan thanked everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday, as their Kensington Palace residence published three official wedding photographs.

Son guilty of murdering rich S.African family in axe frenzy

Cape Town - A South African man was found guilty Monday of killing his wealthy parents and brother and severely injuring his sister in a frenzied axe attack at their home on an exclusive golf estate.

How did EU-founder member Italy go euro-sceptic?

Rome - All eyes are on Italy as the far-right League and rebellious Five Star Movement close in on power, ringing alarm bells in Brussels as the country inches towards becoming the first EU founding member to have a euro-sceptic government.

Yarmuk, an epicentre of Syria's bloody conflict

Beirut - Poverty and exile, siege and starvation, jihadist rule and government shelling -- few places have seen more suffering in Syria's seven year, atrocity-filled war than the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk.

Lawyer Giuseppe Conte tipped to be Italy's new populist PM

Rome - A largely unknown lawyer and law professor, far removed from the cut-throat world of Italian politics, Giuseppe Conte is the favourite to lead the country's nascent populist government.

Sweden puts out emergency war pamphlet amid Russia fears

Stockholm - The Swedish government on Monday presented an emergency pamphlet to prepare millions of citizens in the event of a war, natural disaster or cyber attack amid soaring tensions between Russia and the Western allies.

Essential Science: Self-assembly battery charges in seconds

Imagine a battery that has the potential for super-fast charging. Here we’re talking about a matter of seconds. This type of technology to propel mobile devices forwards considerably and address the main frustration: battery power.

What's next for Italy as populists take charge?

Rome - Italy's proposed coalition government has promised a mix of far-right, anti-establishment and eurosceptic policies, leaving the international community wondering what the future holds for the eurozone's third largest economy.

Poland's freedom icon Walesa backs disabled protesters

Warsaw - Poland's freedom icon Lech Walesa on Monday rallied behind a group of young disabled Poles who have spent 34 days camped out at parliament demanding the right-wing government increase their meagre living allowance.

Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing

Apo - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to live-stream his meeting with European Parliament members as he answers questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said Monday.

Trump tightens Venezuela financial sanctions after 'sham' vote

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday tightened financial sanctions against Venezuela following what the US called a "sham" election, making it harder for the government to sell off state assets.

UN weighs first-ever sanctions on Libya migrant smugglers

New York - The UN Security Council is considering imposing the first-ever sanctions on migrant smugglers in Libya, targeting six leaders of trafficking rings, but Russia has requested more information, documents obtained by AFP on Monday showed.

Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Harare - Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, the group said Monday, marking a major step in the country's international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Taliban warn Kabul residents to 'keep away' ahead of attacks

Kabul - The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid "military centres" in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more attacks in the Afghan capital where civilians have long borne the brunt of casualties.

Burundi backs reforms that could extend Nkurunziza rule

Bujumbura - Burundians overwhelmingly backed constitutional reforms that bolster President Pierre Nkurunziza's power and allow him to seek another two terms in office, results showed Monday.

Nova Scotia spaceport construction delayed until next year

Halifax - Maritime Launch Services Ltd. president and CEO Stephen Matier, following meetings at the proposed rocket launch site near Canso, Nova Scotia, said the construction of Canada's only commercial spaceport has been pushed back.

US will put 'unprecedented financial pressure' on Iran: Pompeo

Washington - The United States will increase the financial pressure on Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history," after Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
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